Learning and Teaching


The Australian Government promotes and supports the enhancement of learning and teaching in eligible higher education institutions through the Promotion of Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PELTHE) program and Enhancing the Training of Mathematics and Science Teachers Program. 

The annual Australian Awards for University Teaching program is funded through PELTHE. Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning are presented at a series of state-based ceremonies in the second half of the year.  National Awards for Teaching Excellence, including the Australian University Teacher of the Year, and awards for Programs that Enhance Learning are presented to recipients at a national ceremony in Canberra at the end of the year. Information about the  Australian Awards for University Teaching is available on the Awards pages.

Ongoing grants and fellowships (awarded through the Office for Learning and Teaching) will continue to be funded through PELTHE to the end of their scheduled timelines. From 1 July 2016, no new grants or fellowships will be awarded. Information on managing and reporting on current grants is available on the grants and fellowships page.

Enhancing the Training of Mathematics and Science Teachers Program is driving a major improvement in the quality of mathematics and science teachers by supporting new pre-service programs in which faculties, schools or departments of science, mathematics and education collaborate on course design and delivery, combining content and pedagogy so that mathematics and science are taught as dynamic, forward-looking and collaborative human endeavours. The program was established in response to recommendations from Professor Ian Chubb, AC, Australia’s Chief Scientist, in his 2012 report Mathematics, Engineering and Science: in the national interest.